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Feb 7, 2011 8:56 AM by Bea Karnes

Sen. Udall calls for TBI therapy for veterans

Sen. Mark Udall, co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, signed a bipartisan letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging the Secretary to provide soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury with cognitive rehabilitation therapy. The letter notes that the therapy is widely recognized as effective treatment for TBI victims.

The letter also calls for the acceptance of TRICARE insurance to pay for the therapy.

"With so many of our service members returning home with traumatic brain injuries, both severe and more mild cases, we should ensure that they are provided with broad and consistent access to cognitive therapy," said Sen. Udall, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees. "Those who have sacrificed for our freedom deserve the best care for the visible injuries they sustained - as well as for the invisible wounds."

According to a Rand study, 20 percent of soldiers returning from combat suffer from TBI.

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